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"Motherhood Out Loud" Explores Aspects of Being Mom

Some of America’s best women playwrights - Beth Henley, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Theresa Rebeck, Cheryl L. West, and many more (and even a man) – take on a subject they know very well: motherhood.

Motherhood Out Loud, a compilation of monologues and playlets on the many aspects of mom, is now open at The Carnegie and continues through April 29.

Stories of moms, stepmoms, mothers-in-law, and dads who act as moms all get a look in a show that’s funny and poignant, filled with joy, heartbreak, frustration, exasperation and always a celebration of parenthood.

Jodie Meyn, who directed last year’s hit Disenchanted, returns and says her own experiences as a mother of three daughters (ages 10, 7 and 9 months) and being part of a “big extended family” in Northern Kentucky with a wide range of parenting experiences has brought a lot to Motherhood.

“I feel like I understand a lot, even watching my mom taking care of her mom.”

Motherhood, Meyn says, “is funny and character-based, which is right up my alley, and I like that it tackles so many issues within motherhood. It matches up with where I am right now.”

Before Meyn was where she is right now – a mom – the Fort Thomas resident was a graduate of Northern Kentucky University, a graduate of the Second City of Chicago Conservatory, an intern with Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and a teacher who spent 10 years at Villa Madonna, Holy Cross and Newport Central Catholic.

Fourteen playwrights and five actors (Martha Slater, Erin Carr, Liz Carman, R. De’Andre Smith, and Nazanin Khodadad) playing 15 characters look at the big picture – from raising a child from birth to empty nest to adult women taking care of aging moms.

If you’re not a mom – you have a mom. Fathers, sisters, aunts, uncles, godparents, stepparents will all connect with Motherhood Out Loud’s stories. As for mom, expect her to have a good time.

Motherhood Out Loud, April 14-29. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $26, $19 students. 859-957-1940 and www.thecarnegie.com.

-Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts